Vietnam veteran seeking help from Veteran Affairs for exposure to Agent Orange
A technicality means a local veteran of Vietnam War is not getting the help he needs when it comes to dealing with conditions brought on by his exposure to Agent Orange.
Roger Jones spent six years in the Air Force during Vietnam.
Doctors say his exposure to the deadly herbicide caused him to develop Parkinson’s disease.
"I've put in six years serving my country. It's their turn to serve me and my fellow veterans and that is what I am pushing for,” Jones said.
It’s an everyday struggle that's caused Jones to experience depression.
"Parkinson's disease; it doesn't necessarily kill you, but it makes your life miserable,” Jones said.
According to Veteran Affairs, hundreds of thousands of veterans were exposed to Agent Orange.
"The water supply was contaminated. We took showers in it. Our clothes were washed in it. Our food was cooked in it. Everything we did had to do with it,” Jones said.
The V.A has agreed to help veterans exposed to the deadly toxin, but Jones has been denied help four times because technically, he served in Thailand and not Vietnam.
This technicality makes Jones furious.
"Where's the justice? That's all we are looking for. That's what all the Thailand guys are wanting,” Jones said.
Congress is looking at two bills that would extend coverage of certain diseases to all soldiers who served, something Jones says all veterans need now more than ever.
"We've got a long road ahead of us. This bill would give us the compensation that we need,” Jones said.
Jones has hired an attorney to look into his claim, and will continue to fight until he and other veterans get the coverage they need.
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